Thinking of creating a scrapbook but don’t know where to start? As a beginner, creating a scrapbook can be a daunting task, especially considering the number of possibilities and options currently available. However, there is no need to fear! Here are a couple of scrapbooking tips to help you get started.
1. Picking a Topic
Before you start, it is important to remember that scrapbooks are about telling a story – your story! Considering this, it would be wise to take the time to think about the different moments and events of your life that you would love to document. When you have a plot or story, choosing things to add to your scrapbook will be much easier. Here are a couple of tips to consider when coming up with a topic.
Don’t Go Too Big; It Can Be Intimidating
It is advisable that you start with a specific event or story that won’t overwhelm you. For example, instead of describing everything about a getaway you went on, just focus on the funniest or hilarious moments of the getaway.
Story versus Theme
If starting with a story proves a bit overwhelming, consider starting with a theme for layout purposes. This way, it will be easier to create a plot on which to build your storyline.
2. Album Size
When it comes to scrapbooking, the two most popular formats are 8.5”x11” and 12”x12”. Fortunately, most albums and papers accommodate these sizes making it easier to choose an option that will suit you. If you want an option that has room for more embellishments and photos, then the 12”x12” format is what you should get.
There’s no written rule that you only have to use either one of the standard sizes. Other options like the mini album have become popular and are available in different shapes and sizes, with standard sizes ranging from 6”x9”, 8”x8”, and even 4”x4”. The great thing is that you could also create your own personalized album in any shape or size! Mini albums are a good way to kick-start your scrapbooking hobby as there are plenty of kits available that have everything you need to embark on the task.
When scrapbooking, less is often more. There is no need to include all your photos; just pick a few favorites that are related to the subject and use those. Remember:
– Pick pictures that have the best focus and lighting.
– Go for photos that show more than just smiles. Pick several that are a bit more general or detailed to create a plotline of the event or story you are documenting.
– If you can, have your photos processed with a matte finish instead of a glossy one as matte ones are less likely to get fingerprint smudges when handling them.
Picking a layout is often the most overwhelming part of creating a scrapbook. Where do you even begin? Here are some tips for you to consider:
– Pick a focal point for your layout. What is it that you want your readers to see the first time they open the book? If it is one specific photo, do your best to arrange the layout in a way that the image will stand out from amongst the rest.
– If you want to include lots of photos, trim things down. Consider using non-standard sized photos. For instance, you could use smaller images, grids, and collages to create space for more photos on your scrapbook.
Finding all the required paper crafts kits and supplies is still part of the scrapbooking process. However, you need to be careful not to end up overcome by all the different supplies available on the market. Here is a list of some of the most basic things to get:
– Acid-free adhesive
– Cardstock or patterned paper
– Sharp scissors and a paper trimmer
– Album or page protectors
The above tips should make it easier for you to get your scrapbooking hobby up and going. Though coming up with ideas and layouts and laying them down to create a scrapbook can be quite stressful at first, continued practice will improve your skill. All the best as you embark on your scrapbooking journey!